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Kimani C. Paul-Emile '93
Hometown: Sudbury, MA
Sport: Track & Field
Year Inducted: 2000
Similar to the resurrection of the men’s program with the arrival of Mark Thompson, the same can be said to a degree with the women’s program and the arrival of Kimani Paul-Emile. Prior to her arrival on College Hill, the women’s best-ever finish at the Indoor Heps was fourth. During Paul-Emile’s career, they had two second place finishes and won two consecutive Indoor Heptagonal Games Championships. As for the outdoor team, its last second place finish, prior to her arrival, was in 1980. After Kimani left College Hill, the team had two seconds and one Outdoor Heptagonal Games Championship in four years.
Kimani began winning Heps championships during her freshman season with the Bears. At her first Heptagonal Games, Paul-Emile earned her first individual title, winning the indoor 200m with a time of 25.16. She also captured a relay title as part of the 4x400m team, finishing at 3:50.86. The team placed second for the first time in its history. During the outdoor season, Kimani continued to show the Ivy League that her performance in the Indoor Heps was no fluke. She captured another Heptagonal title as a member of the 4x400m relay team, running the race in 3:43.78 and setting a new meet record.
After winning three Heps titles as a freshman, she went on to win three more as a sophomore. First, her 4x400m relay team defended its title by setting a meet record with a time of 3:46.65. Then it was on to the Outdoor Heps and once again, the 4x400m team reclaimed its title. The time of 3:46.32 was good enough for first place, and Kimani also placed first as part of the 4x100m relay team with a finishing mark of 46.6. As was the case the previous year, the team, led by Paul-Emile, finished second in both the Indoor and Outdoor Heptagonal Games.
In her junior season, Kimani regained her Heptagonal Championship in the 200m with a time of 25.46. While she won that race for the second time in three years, she also began zeroing in on another sprint title. Kimani finished second, behind teammate Susan Smith ’93, in the 55m with a time of 7.28. While she only won one Heptagonal title in 1992, the team captured its first-ever title. Besides the indoor accomplishments at the Heps, Paul-Emile also became an ECAC qualifier in the 200m with a season-best time of 25.33. She went on to finish third at the Outdoor Heps in the 400m, completing the race in 57.53.
Kimani’s senior year went down as one of the best seasons in Brown track history. She captured six Heptagonal titles, three individual and three relay championships. She also spread them out, winning three each at the indoor and outdoor games.
At the Indoor Heps, Kimani won her third title in four years in the 200m, with a first place time of 24.94. These games also saw her take her first 55m title. After finishing second the previous year, she took the crown with a time of 7.25. Finally, her relay team was victorious in the one-mile relay at 3:53.99. The Outdoor Heps, her last career meet, saw her claim her first individual outdoor title, the 200m, with a time of 24.84. Her 4x400m relay team won its third Heptagonal title in four years, posting a victorious time of 3:50.82, and she capped off her career by taking the 4x100m relay title for the second time at 46.78.
The team went on to defend its Indoor Heptagonal Games title, finishing with 156 points, the most ever by any indoor team at the Heps. The outdoor squad captured its first team title in 15 years, which marked the first time in school history that the Bears had won both the indoor and outdoor titles in the same year.
A native of Sudbury, Massachusetts, Kimani ended her career with five individual Heptagonal titles and eight relay championships. She was also a member of three Brown record-setting relay teams. She is currently a part of the relay record holders in the 4x100m (46.33), the 4x400m indoor (3:42.57), and the 4x400m outdoor (3:42.36).
Kimani Paul-Emile graduated from Brown in 1993 with a degree in Political Science and American Civilization, and earned a law degree from Georgetown. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at New York University, and resides in Brooklyn with her husband, Erin Vali, a 1993 graduate of Brown and a former track team member. Paul-Emile presently works as an attorney for the Brennan Center for Justice in New York City.